Once you have written your first website post, you probably want to get started with adding other usual elements on your website such as a contact form, about page, and more. To further customize your website and add features like contact forms, galleries, sliders, etc, you need to use WordPress plugins.
How to Install a Plugin to your website – Step by Step for Beginners
There are thousands of free and paid plugins available on your website plugin directory.
Before You Start
If you are using free website from other platforms, then you cannot install plugins.
We often get complains from users saying that they can’t see the plugins menu in their Website dashboard. It is because you are using free website, which has its limitations.
In order to use plugins, you will need to use self-hosted website.
The easiest way of installing a plugin is to use the plugin search. The only downside of this option is that a plugin must be in your website plugin directory, which is limited to only free plugins.
Go to your WordPress admin area and click on Plugins » Add New.
You will see a screen like the one in the screenshot above. Find the plugin by typing the plugin name or the functionality you are looking for, like we did. After that, you will see a bunch of listings like the example below:
You can pick the plugin that is best for you. Since in our search, we were looking for Floating Social Bar which happens to be the first plugin, we will click the ‘Install Now’ button.
WordPress will now download and install the plugin for you. After this, you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer.
A plugin can be installed on your site, but it will not work unless you activate it. So go ahead and click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your site.
That’s all, you have successfully installed your first website plugin.
The next step is to configure the plugin settings. These settings will vary for each plugin therefore we will not be covering that in this post.
Drop a comment and lets help you through the process.